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Fantasy football roundup Aug. 8: Rankings, projections, strategy and more

2K1HFNF Arlington, United States. 18th Sep, 2022. Dallas Cowboys CeeDee Lamb fights off Cincinnati Bengals Chidobe Awuzie during their NFL game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, September 18, 2022. Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI Credit: UPI/Alamy Live News

Fantasy football drafts are fast approaching, and there's been no shortage of great articles to help you dominate your league.

PFF lead fantasy analyst Nathan Jahnke has handpicked a few of the best from the past week, which cover everything from rankings to projections and draft strategy.

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2023 Fantasy Football Player Profile: CeeDee Lamb is one of the NFL's best young receivers

2KEPEM3 Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA. 13th Nov, 2022. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) celebrates after his 35 yard touchdown reception during the NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Darren Lee/CSM/Alamy Live News
  • CeeDee Lamb is one of the best well-rounded young wide receivers: Lamb has improved each season and is still only 24 years old.
  • Lamb will have different teammates around him: The Dallas Cowboys added veteran Brandin Cooks while letting a number of other players leave in free agency.
  • Mike McCarthy is the new play-caller: If McCarthy changes the offense to be a little more similar to his old Green Bay Packers teams, then Lamb has the potential to put up even bigger numbers.

Fantasy Football: 5 players to fade in 2023

2K0GRPJ Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Paycor Stadium. 11th Sep, 2022. Tee Higgins #85 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals game in Cincinnati, Ohio at Paycor Stadium. Jason Pohuski/CSM/Alamy Live News
  • Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins (78.6 PFF offense grade): His 2022 performance, growing injury history and target competition make him a risky fantasy football draft pick.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers RB Najee Harris (73.5 PFF offense grade): His inefficient play and talented backup create unignorable problems for 2023. 
  • Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers (80.7 PFF offense grade): His late-season production was inflated by easily-winnable matchups. 

Fantasy Football: Breakout running backs for 2023

2GMKR58 Jacksonville, FL, USA. 19th Sep, 2021. Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (33) runs with the ball during 2nd half NFL football game between the DenverBroncos and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Denver defeated Jacksonville 23-13 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fl. Romeo T Guzman/CSM/Alamy Live News
  • Cam Akers is finally the unquestioned starter: Akers is coming off three straight 100-yard games and is in the best situation of his NFL career.
  • Javonte Williams should be excellent if healthy: His new head coach Sean Payton has a history of top-five fantasy running backs. Williams should get there eventually, but his health is the big question.
  • One back from the 2022 draft class: Several running backs from the 2022 class have earned starting jobs, but one, in particular, could have a huge season in 2023 after a quieter 2022.

Fantasy Football: Darkhorse candidates to finish as the overall RB1 in 2023

2K4J137 Pittsburgh, USA. Acrisure Stadium. 2nd Oct, 2022. Breece Hall #20 during the Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets game in Pittsburgh, PA at Acrisure Stadium. Jason Pohuski/CSM/Alamy Live News
  • Betting on health: Breece Hall wouldn’t be considered a darkhorse if we knew he was fully healthy, and if he is, then he’s the best bet to finish as RB1 going outside the top 10 RBs.
  • A need to have his best season at 27 years old: Like Austin Ekeler last year, can a slightly older workhorse running back like Joe Mixon break through with RB1 potential?
  • Jahmyr Gibbs could surprise as a rookie: If he’s able to steal away rushing opportunities in combination with what he can do as a receiver, there’s a path to RB1.

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